Not everybody is looking forward to their next dentist’s appointment, it’s something that must be done to keep the health of your teeth up to standards.
Oral health is essential to your overall physical and even mental health, so it is essential to make every effort to maintain the health and hygiene of your teeth and mouth.
The good news is that by taking care of the health of your teeth, gums, and tongue dental appointments will only be needed about twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. But, this depends on how well you are able to floss and brush your teeth. So much depends on this daily cleaning and maintenance.
If performed properly, your oral hygiene habits can prevent the formation of more serious conditions that require complex procedures to address. In the following article, we are going to look at some of the best practices for performing these daily cleanings that will keep you in good oral health and your dental visits short and positive.
A Simple Guide to Proper Brushing
Using a Manual Toothbrush
It will take 2 to 3 minutes to perform a proper brushing with a toothbrush featuring a head small enough to reach into all places in the mouth.
Begin by approaching your teeth with your toothbrush at an angle pointing toward your gum line, as opposed to flat up against your teeth. Keeping this angle allows the bristles the best chance to dislodge bacteria living between the gums and teeth.
Brush your teeth back and forth in small short strokes against the surfaces of teeth and gums. This will also massage the gums allowing for better circulation.
After you have finished with the outer edges of the teeth, repeat the process on the insides of the mouth.
You can hold your toothbrush vertically to get those hard to reach place behind the front teeth, bottom, and top.
Finally, brush along the chewing and biting surfaces of the teeth.
Using an Electric Toothbrush
If you are equipped with an electric toothbrush, the process is changed just a bit.
First, approach the teeth as you would with a regular toothbrush, at a 45° angle tilted towards the gum line.
But, with an electric toothbrush, no brushing action is needed, simply allow the bristles to glide along the gums to the teeth and move on to the next tooth.
Important Brushing Tip: Don’t Use too much pressure
No matter what, it is important to only ever apply light pressure to your teeth and gums so as not to do any damage to the oral structures. You should never actually feel the pressure, just the movements of the bristles against the teeth and gums. This is the same for electric and manual toothbrushes.
A Simple Guide to Proper Flossing
Brushing is important for getting the vast majority of the mouth cleaned, but even though the bristles of your toothbrush will get into the spaces between the teeth, they can only get so far.
To make sure all vestiges of foods and bacterial growth are removed from hard to reach areas, flossing is required.
While flossing doesn’t need to be carried out as often as brushing at least once a day is a good place to begin.
Flossing should be done slowly and carefully and may take a bit longer at first, but once the habit has been formed, the number can be reduced to about 2 to 3 minutes.
Begin by breaking off about eighteen inches of dental floss and wind the majority of it around your middle finger. This finger will release fresh floss as the cleaning process continues. Now, hold a portion between your thumbs and fingers.
Slide the floss around each tooth in a gentle sideward motion gently moving down next to each tooth. Never snap the floss onto the gum or you will damage the gums and cause infections.
As the floss reaches down to gum line, wrap the floss around the tooth in a “C” shape and allow it to slip between the gum and tooth.
Gently rub the floss along the side of the tooth in a motion that moves away from the gum and up toward the tooth.
Do this with all the teeth in your mouth.
Important Flossing Notes: Floss Holders Work Well Too
While flossing with regular floss will probably be more economical, the plastic floss holders also offer an easier approach to doing a good flossing job.
Final Notes on Proper Flossing and Brushing
After you have completed the process, there will be little bits of food and debris splattered far and wide within the ranges of your mouth, go ahead and rinse all that away along with the chemicals used in the cleaning process.
Toothpaste is not to be swallowed and can make the tummy sick.
If you stick to these basic recommendations it will go a long way in maintaining optimum oral health. If you prioritize your oral health, you should be able to avoid many severe oral health issues.